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U.S Senators Visit Georgia

Published: September 6, 2012 | 5:02 pm
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A group of three U.S. Senators arrived in Georgia for a two day visit on September 6. The delegation wasled by Republican John McCain.Other two members of the delegation were chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Joe Lieberman, an independent who caucuses with the Democrats in the Senate, and Republican Lindsey Graham.

Gigi Ugulava, the Mayor of Tbilisi showed the delegation of the U.S senators the top infrastructures of the city. American investors visited the renovated Agmashenebeli Avenue, Old Tbilisi fence discovered at Pushkini Street, etc. McCain praised the infrastructure projects, especially he was impressed with the renovation works of the Old Tbilisi fence.

Giga Bokeria, Secretary of the National Security Council,  invited John McCain, Joe Lieberman and Lindsey Graham at the working lunch, where other senior authorities were also present.

The senators and Georgian authorities discussed bilateral relations, the process of Georgia`s integration into NATO, regional security issues, situation on occupied territories and the support to the non-recognition police. The upcoming parliamentary elections were also discussed by the sides.

McCain also met with the leaders of opposition parties. He met with the leader of the Georgian Dream at the office of the opposition coalition. Bidzina Ivanishvili made comments for media after the meeting. He said the Senator were interested how the opposition leaders assessed the current political situation in Georgia.

“I personally introduced myself to them as they were interested in my biography, who I am and we promised them that despite any falsehood and violence, we would succeed to replace this government democratically, peacefully, via elections,” said Ivanishvili.

Later today, the senators will meet with the President of Georgia Mikheil Saakashvili and visit Batumi and Mestia resorts.




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